Blogging Isn’t as easy as you think..

Blogging Isn’t as easy as you think..

I have been blogging since March 2017 so 6 months and over the past few months I have tried to be super organised. I am proud of what I do, I might not get paid as much as somebody who works full time in an office but nonetheless I am happy with what I do and am running what is essentially my own business at the age of 18. In just 6 months I have built up a following of 4.3k followers, I’ve had over 73,000 views on my blog and I have worked with a handful of well known brands including Fisher price, Organix, & Little dish. I definitely have a long way to go before I feel like a ‘well known blogger’ myself but I am happy with how things are going.

However, there seems to be a lot of jealousy towards bloggers and I often feel like the term ‘blogging’ is misunderstood. There is so much more to blogging than just writing a post and taking a few photo’s as some people seem to think. I have received quite a few comments from so called ‘family & friends’ about how blogging is not a job & how I am so lucky to receive ‘free stuff’. I just want to get a few things straight.

I started this as a hobby and it still is very much a loved hobby however it has now turned into a form of income for me & I have recently gone self employed. No, I don’t get paid sh#tloads. It varies & some months I might not get much work at all, but this means that I have to go out and get it. The work doesn’t always just come to me & people don’t just randomly send me free stuff. Don’t get me wrong the first time you receive an email from somebody wanting to send you an item to review, it feels great but you can’t & shouldn’t accept anything and everything. It has got to be items that are relevant to you and your blog. My first ever review was a book review called Pregnancy, The Naked Truth which you can read here. I thought I was alone with the sarcastic comments but after speaking with a group of fellow bloggers, it turns out I’m not alone & people seem to have misunderstood what blogging is about and how it all works. Some of the comments that have been said to us are as follows:

 

“What so you just have to write about it, that’s it?”

Haha, I wish it was as simple as it sounds but it’s really not. Firstly, it takes time, effort & lots of engagement to even get to your first paid post it doesn’t happen straight away. Planning content takes time, if you’re tired after running around after a toddler all day it can take even longer. There have been days where I can write down a whole list of ideas, and other days where I have stared at my notepad for an hour straight trying to think about what to write. Writing the content takes time, hours, sometimes days.. Photography also takes time & effort, finding the props, laying it all out, finding the right lighting (natural lighting is always better) taking a good few photos & finding the best one, editing it etc etc.. it all takes time. Scheduling posts takes time, publishing it & then sharing it on all of your social media platforms, it all takes time. Checking emails, replying to emails, pitching to brands, asking about budgets and deadlines etc, it all takes time. Not to mention engaging with your followers on facebook, twitter, instagram etc, replying to comments, commenting on other blogs. Updating your pages, finishing guest posts for other people. Do you see where I’m going with this?

 

“I might start a blog, I want free stuff too” 

It doesn’t work like that I’m afraid, anybody that sets out to get free stuff will most probably fail. Sorry to p#ss on your parade but its true, people don’t want to read blogs that have no personality and it becomes quite obvious when you are using the #prrequest hashtag 10 times a day getting your hands on absolutely anything & everything that you see. You need to write about things that are relevant to you, if you are a parenting blog you don’t want to be writing about dogs if you don’t know anything about them & don’t even own one, lets be real.

 

“You’re so lucky to get free stuff” 

Its not lucky, I work for it. People seem to have no idea what goes into blogging which is a shame really as we work just as hard as the rest of you. Blogging is not easy, but it is a job that I love doing and it is definitely not something that you can do if you can’t be bothered to engage with your followers and make an effort with your blog.

 

“So, you don’t have a proper job then?”

Actually yes I do, I work from home which in a way is a lot harder than going out to work, especially when you have a toddler to run around after and a household to run. But of course, I just sit on my arse all day, right?? Wrong.

 

“Sitting on your laptop all day, isn’t a job”

Let’s just start by saying, this is not what happens. I work on the blog when Alyssia naps & again in the evenings when she is asleep. As well as running around after a toddler all day, doing general housework and making sure everything is up to scratch – I run my own business and yes this is my blog so to speak. I try my best to promote on social media via my phone when I get the chance, this is usually when we are sat watching Cbeebies or if I get a very rare 5 minutes peace. However there are times where I am behind schedule & have deadlines to meet. As I said before, with blogging your work varies and there are times where you will have a pile of items to review and posts that you need to prioritise over your personal posts and there will also be times where you need to go out and look for work yourself.

 

I hate that bloggers seem to be misunderstood for what they do, at times I feel so down about the fact that people say such nasty things when really we’re probably working harder & putting more hours in than a lot of people that go out to work. I have been dedicated from the start, I used to (and still do at times) sit up until past midnight working on the blog getting posts drafted ready to send out. I blog 3 times a week on a Monday, Wednesday & Friday. I also run the #YoungMumsProject on a Friday as well as trying to juggle my life as a mama & homemaker.

 

 

Thank you to my fellow blogger friends for discussing this subject with me before writing this post: JackiJellz, Dear Mummy Bear, Soph Obsessed, Mumconventional, A Slice of my life, North East Family Fun, From Rachael Claire, The Breastest News,  & Emma Reed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. September 20, 2017 / 10:05 am

    I love this post! Writing a shopping list when you have a little one is hard enough but actually composing an article is another matter entirely xx

  2. September 20, 2017 / 10:26 am

    This is so perfect! I want to print it and hand it out to people haha xx

  3. kelvin
    September 20, 2017 / 10:43 am

    You will always find jealous people in our world Zoe , You have to stay true to yourself and do like your doing … Your Blogs are a true snap shot of your day to day life with you Alyssia and Robert .. being teenagers with a child is never going to be easy but you both do a fantastic job raising Alyssia and for that you have to be very proud of yourselves… Take what others say with a pinch of salt …
    As with any gifts sent to you … Nothing you receive is free because in return you Advertise the Product Source Company and you write a review or you mention that Product with its advantages or disadvantages. You spend time trouble and effort to review Products and if you get to keep the Product then that is a bonus for you…..
    Keep doing what your doing and stay happy doing it….

  4. September 20, 2017 / 10:52 am

    I struggle to write a post once a week, never mind 3 times a week! It’s a lot of hard work and you’re doing amazing.

  5. Susan Wood
    September 20, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Keep up the good work Zoe, we know how dedicated you are, and the amount of work you do to have your blogs ready for post , don’t ever get down hearted. I hardly do when I write, when I do , I carry on, and I don’t have to run around and care for a toddler, also it the amount of mental effort to it takes just to write and come up with the right words. Yes sometimes it flows like a stream, but sometimes the words just seem to dwindle to nowhere. Then I start working another one till the thoughts flow again on the one before, and its not easy. We are all proud of what you do, what you have achieved and the pressures with you health issues you have to battle with. You know, I know what I talking about I have been there too. What you have achieved is remarkable, and you will do well as you carry on, love you loads. xx

  6. September 20, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    So much respect for your Zoe, I think you’re doing an amazing job. You keep doing what you love, and don’t listen to the negative comments. Thanks for sharing this, it’s very true. Xo

  7. September 20, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    So far I’ve not had many rude comments, I blog because I’ve always enjoyed blogging/writing, I don’t think I could ever be self employed with it as I don’t see it as much else besides a hobby.. plus I often feel that I’m not good enough..

    Well done to you for getting this far in such a short space of time 🙂

  8. September 21, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I absolutely hate talking to people about what I do, because all I get is negative reactions, which actually I didn’t “ask for your opinion” on what I do with my time thank you very much. It REALLY winds me up, to the point where I feel embarrassed to even say that it’s what ‘I do’. I just cannot be bothered with the questions to follow and to be told it’s not a ‘real job’. I’d rather tell someone I’m un-employed than making my money this way, everyone seems to see it as ‘easy’ and ‘lazy’. If it’s so bloody easy why aren’t you doing it, and if its so bloody easy why aren’t I SWIMMING in money. It isn’t easy, its probably one of the hardest ‘freelancing’ titles/jobs there is!
    God I could go on and on…! I might write my own post on my experiences with people like this… maybe one day!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

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